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Federer dreaming of the past

ESPN staff
June 30, 2010
Roger Federer takes on Tomas Berdych for a place in the last four © Getty Images

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Roger Federer has admitted he misses facing legends of the game like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

The world No. 2, who is aiming to equal Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon singles titles, takes on No. 12 seed Tomas Berdych on Centre Court in the last eight.

The Swiss star famously ended Sampras' 31-match unbeaten run at SW19 in 2001 as an 18-year-old and the 16-time Grand Slam champion says he would like to see more players approach the grass-court season with the same tactics as the great serve-and-volley players of the past.

"Looking back we had more great volley players," Federer said. "Now everyone is content staying at the baseline. It's unfortunate because I love guys moving in.

"Thank God I played in that era with serve-and-volley players like Sampras and Agassi. Chip 'n charge guys.

"It was a completely different game plan. But you felt pressure the whole match. You don't get that feeling as much anymore."

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